Strategies for Working With Shy Professionals

Bob Cox passed along Strategies for Working With Shy Professionals from, and in my continuing effort to prolong all librarian stereotypes, I post it as a helpful guide on how to deal with librarians, because we are all shy.
Plus, you really can\'t beat this opening paragraph:

\"There was a flood recently in the basement of the Boston Public Library. It soaked 50,000 cartons of books. But water wasn\'t the only thing the broken pipe unleashed: It also brought forth a flood of emotions from the library staff. One suffered nightly panic attacks. Another compared it to a death in the family. When all was said and done, 25 employees ended up in grief counseling.\"


Access to information is declining after Sept. 11

The Orlando Sentinel has another story on FOI stuff being Flouted around the country.
They say since Sept. 11, it has become much harder to get such information from the federal government, a growing number of states and public libraries as heightened concern about national security has often trumped the public\'s \"right to know:\"
At least it\'s not only happening in Boston.


LISNews Listed as Site of the Week at IASL

I just came across this today, and thought I\'d give all us authors, especially Blake, an electronic high five. There are other really cool sites of the week there too. Check \'em out.
From the web site of the IASL Site of the Week:
\"Each week or so, the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Webmaster selects a different Internet site to be her \'Site of the Week.\' This is meant to be an informal way of bringing intersting sites to the attention of users of School Libraries Online. The sites may be related in some way to school libraries or the work of teacher librarians, or they may be interesting examples of a particular kind of resource, or they may be topical or related to a current event. Or they may just be sites that have caught the eye of the Webmaster, for one reason or another. This is a personal, unofficial selection!\" To visit the site, Click Here.


Cool Site: The Tolkien Archives at the New York Times

The New York Times has an archive of Tolkien-related material, entitled, \"The Tolkien Archives: A Guide to the World of J.R.R. Tolkien.\" They have book reviews dating back to 1938, essays, photos, illustrations, and more. It\'ll be updated weekly through the end of the year. It\'s a great place to browse, if you\'re a Tolkien fan, a movie-goer, a literary fanatic, or just curious. To visit the site, Click Here.


Museums & Libraries Want 9/11 Artifacts

Museums and libraries around the country are hoping to get their hands on artifacts from the September 11 terrorist attacks. The items range from personal memorabilia from victims and survivors, to makeshift flags, cards, notes, photographs, and more. The Smithsonian may receive $5 million in order to collect and preserve the items. A web site may also be created where people from all over the country can submit the email that they sent on that day. More

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Charles W. Bailey, Jr writes :\"Version 40 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 1,500 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet.
Available in:
Word Doc


LookWAYup Online Translation Dictionary

Martin Laplante writes \" has expanded its online English dictionary and thesaurus to include translation to French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese.

The LookWAYup on-line dictionary has proven to be extremely popular. It attracts over 500,000 lookups per month and has received enthusiastic Reviews all over the world.
It looks for appropriate definitions and searches based on the context in which the word is used.

It installs in your browser as a search pane or a sidebar tab. Its interface has everything except clutter. It looks up words by double-clicking or by drag-and-drop.

Authorities Crack Huge Hacker Ring

From Microsoft\'s new Windows XP to the Harry Potter film, a group of hackers from all over the globe, made it easy for Net users to download software, movies, music, and books, all for free. The result has been an alleged $1 billion in lost revenue to some major corporations. It appears, however, that the gig is up. The piracy ring, which according to the article, was responsible for 95% of all illegal downloads, has been broken-up by authorities. More from BBC News.


State Removes Vital Stats from Web Site to Avoid Identity Fraud

Texas has decided to permanently remove vital statistics from it\'s state web site in order to avoid identity fraud. Although the move will make it more difficult for genealogists, the State\'s Department of Health isn\'t taking any chances. More


Kids Cook It Up for the Library

Some kids in Crookston, MN have created a cookbook in order to raise funds to buy books for the school library. The 104-page book is the work of K-3 graders, and it\'s being sold in local stores. More


Coca Cola Fizzes Over New Archive

John Geralds writes...
\"Coca Cola is building an online digital media archive, which will make it the first company to move an entire advertising and brand history to an online digital media environment.
The archive will include everything from the very first press ad, which appeared in 1886, to the famous 1970s Coca Cola Hilltop commercial that featured the \'I\'d Like To Buy The World a Coke jingle.\' The system will bring together more than 9,000 graphical images, over 7,000 text documents and an advertising library which will ultimately contain more than 25,000 television ads and corporate videos.\" More


From the Decatur, IL Tribune, an update on Project
Generation, a program of qualified mentors who teach students
how to use state of the art computers, the Internet, modems,
scanners, and digital cameras at public libraries. The equipment is
supplied through a grant.



Health Is Just a Click Away

Young People Don\'t Just Use the Internet to Download

This story from ABC News says 75%of people 15-24 yrs. old have
used the Internet to search for health information.
The foundation polled 1,209 Americans aged 15 to 24 between
Sept. 24 and Oct. 31. It found three out of four young people who
use the Internet have searched for health and medical information.
In fact, the only activities that more young people reported
paticipating in were e-mailing, school research, and finding news
and entertainment information.\"

Full Story


More Info on Michael Moore\'s Latest Book

From Library Journal
HarperCollins Dumps-Moore Rewrites Stupid Book?

Media outlets from Drudge Report to PW NewsLine last week claimed Michael Moore was furiously rewriting Stupid...Moore says he is just waiting for already printed books-as many as 100,000-to be shipped...

The full story from LJ


Assorted Quickies

A collection of mostly unrelated, and almost interesting stories...
This ZDNet Commentary says There is no sight more pathetic than a teenage nerd who just doesn\'t get Tolkein.

On the movie front The BCC Says One of the first reviews of the first Lord of the Rings film says it has real passion, and rates it above the Harry Potter and the Philosopher\'s Stone. Though, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has dismissed talk of rivalry between part JRR Tolkien\'s trilogy and the first Harry Potter movie.
An Editorial says Potter books are about the struggle between good and evil, with Harry and his friends triumphing over evil through hard work, fearlessness, selflessness and teamwork.

The Observer Profile: Chris Columbus \"Hogwarts and all\" says Chris Columbuse is one of America\'s most bankable directors.

Here\'s an obvious story on a librarian who really loves cats, I know, that sounds redundant.

The Cranston Herald has a series that will profile each of the city’s libraries.

And just when you thought it was safe to put that books back on the shelf, it isn\'t.

Even Korea has some interesting Alternative Publications.

Sites Forlorn When Reborn as Porn, great title don\'t you think?

The Net Is 30-Something, But the Web Is a Child


Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians

Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians from Eric H. Schnell [You may know him from such projects as Prospero]
covers about anything you\'d want to know about writing for the web.
He covers Copyright Issues, Metadata and Resource Description, Web Accessibility, and much more.


Google claims 3 Billion Document Index

Hermit ;-) writes \"When did I blink!? Google is claiming a \'3 Billion Document Index... [and a] 20 Year Usenet Archive\' Google Press Release and have enhanced their \'News results\' inclusion \'whenever a search is conducted on a timely topic.\' This leaves WiseNut in the dust, which, along with Teoma had been getting billed as potential competitors for Google. WooHoo!!! \"

ALA Releases Statement Regarding Confidentiality of Library Records

The ALA issued a statement yesteday, Monday December 10, on the issue of confidentiality of library records. More


The Librarians starring Burt Reynolds and Amaury Nolasco as G-Man

Upon reading today\'s article on the stereotype of librarians in movies I was inspired to search the Internet Movie Database for \"librarian.\" \"The Librarians\" was the only resulting title. Nothing screams librarian like Burt Reynolds and a character named \"G-Man,\" if you ask me.


Current state of book reviewing

The latest issue of Foreword Magazine focuses on the current state of book reviewing, including the views of a panel of publishers (hosted by the Small Press Center), the reasons that one independent publisher never sends her books out for review and an editorial on the \"mainstream opposition\" to paid reviews.



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